Drunk Uncle (Scotch and Cynar Cocktail) Recipe

Vicky Wasik

This spirituous cocktail is a savory, smoky spin on the Negroni from bartender Shawn Soole. Peaty Scotch, such as Laphroaig, gives the drink a woodsy character that's emphasized by swapping the standard Campari for Cynar, a vegetal, bittersweet liqueur.

Don't confuse the third element with dry vermouth—though clear in color, Martini & Rossi Bianco is quite sweet, with a citrusy and herbal flavor that's closer to Lillet Blanc than, say, Carpano Antica. It adds balance, while helping the Scotch stay front and center.

This recipe first appeared in The Negroni: Drinking to La Dolce Vita, With Recipes & Lore by Gary Regan.

Recipe Facts

Active: 2 mins
Total: 2 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 3/4 ounce (25ml) Martini & Rossi Bianco Vermouth

  • 3/4 ounce (25ml) Cynar

  • 1 1/2 ounces (45ml) Islay Scotch whisky, such as Bowmore or Laphroaig

  • 1/2 fruit (3-3/4" dia) grapefruit


  1. Add vermouth, Cynar, and Scotch to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until well chilled, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with grapefruit twist and serve immediately.

Special equipment

Mixing glass, cocktail strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
210 Calories
0g Fat
16g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 210
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 35mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)